Aster 'Ostrich Feather' Seeds | Callistephus Chinensis | By Mr Fothergills
Aster "Ostrich Feather" Seeds | Mr Fothergill's
The callistephus chinensis Aster "Ostrich Feather" seeds produce long-stemmed flowers with large double blooms of recurving petals in glorious shades of pink, purple, mauve, and white. These half-hardy annuals were often grown as cut flowers in Victorian times. They are extremely graceful and have a branching habit which makes them perfect for using as border plants.
- No.Seeds Per Pack: 250
- Sow Indoors: February - May
- Sow Outdoors: February - May
- Location: Partial Shade
- Flowering Time: July - October
- Hardiness: Half-Hardy Annual
- F1 Hybrids: hybrid seeds are produced from two specially selected varieties that are kept in isolation. As they are produced from only two plants, seeds are almost identical genetically.
- Open Pollinated: open pollinated plants aren't isolated from other varieties, so are more genetically diverse.
- Heirloom: heirloom seeds are historic, some going back to Victorian times, others more recent. Heirloom varieties can be good or bad, depending on how careful the breeder is to maintain genetic similarity.
- Hybrids vs Open Pollinated
As hybrids are produced from two specially selected varieties, the quality is more consistent, with a higher germination rate and improved cropping. But, as they require time, resources and know-how to create, they come to the market at a higher cost. They are also genetically unstable, and so if you keep the seeds from the resultant crop, performance is usually poor. Open Pollinated seeds are highly diverse and have often been grown for successfully for decades. Seeds from the resultant crop are usually perform well.Annual, Biennial and Perennial
Annual plants complete their life cycle within a year, biennials in two years (usually only flowering in the second year) and perennials can live on indefinitely.Hardy, Half-Hardy and Tender
Hardy and half-hardy plants can survive a light frost, but the latter are best moved indoors during periods of bad weather. Tender plants must be kept indoors, until after the last frost.
We believe that anyone, regardless of ability can successfully grow their own plants at home, and do so in an eco-friendly and sustainable way.
Everyone should have the chance to experience the benefits that plants bring to our lives, and we have put a lot of effort into making sure that all of our products are easy to grow, even for beginners.
Sustainability is at the heart of our ethos and we have done everything we can to ensure that all of our products are as sustainable as possible, be it our plastic free, fully recyclable packaging, GM free seeds or ethically sourced compost.
Our perennials and alpines are lovingly grown by our trusted nursery, based in England. Once ready, each flourishing plant will be dispatched directly to your home.
Sustainability is one of our priorities, and as such, our perennials and alpines are delivered in environmentally friendly packaging. Aside from being recyclable, they will additionally keep them nice and secure on their journey.
- Watering: During your perennial or alpine's first growing season, you should provide them with frequent waterings. Try to also avoid wetting the foliage to reduce the risk of disease.
- Deadheading: To promote a long flowering period, you should deadhead any flowers that appear spent. Simply rescind each flower at their base, taking care to not cut other parts of the plant.
- Dividing: To really flourish, your perennials can be divided every three to four years. They can be divided when they begin to show less flowers, or appear less healthy in the middle. Make sure to only do so when they aren't currently flowering.
- Hardiness: half-hardy annuals to be sown inside and planted outside in early summer.
- Planting In Pots: suitable for planting in pots.
- Position: plant in partial shade for best results.
- Soil Types: plant in finely prepared soil which has been watered for optimal growth.
- Germination Requirements: temperature must be at least 10°C, protect from heavy frosts.
- Planting Distance (Seed Tray): sow seeds in rows 0.5cm (1/4in) deep.
- Planting Distance (Ground): sow seeds in rows 0.5cm (1/4in) deep.
- Soil Preparation: remove any stones from the soil and dig in some fertilizer.
- Thinning: wait until seedlings have two sets of leaves before thinning.
- Pest Control: use a pesticide spray to protect from pests.
- Watering Requirements: water regularly, particularly in dry weather.
|Deciduous Or Evergreen||Deciduous|
|Needs Ericaceous Compost?||No|
|Supplied As||Seed Packet|
|Sow Indoors Month||February, March, April|
|Sow Outdoors Month||April, May|